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. and how making it fun to wash your hands could be key to stopping children from dying from some diseases. first, palestinians in the west bank are preparing to bury a man that died from burn wounds suffered in an israeli settler attack on his home. his home was fire-bombed last week in attack which killed his 18-month-old son. he suffered second degree burns to 80% of his body. his wife and 4-year-old son injured in that attack remain in a critical condition in hospital. let's go to imtiaz tyab, who is in duma, where the father will be buried in the occupied west bank.
how are feelings there? >> well, there's a mixture of feeges. on the one hand, of course, there's absolute grief. there's also increasing anger as well. before i get into that specific issue, let me pan over my shoulder, you may see in the distance a bit of a convoy, if you will. effectively that's the funeral procession of the 32-year-old man, who, on friday of last week, in the early hours of friday, his home was targeted by a firebomb suspected by israeli settlers. his 18-month-old son died that evening. he is buried not far from where i'm standing. will he has succumb to his injuries, the rest of his family, his wife, is also in hospital suffering burns to 90% of her body, and his elder son, 4-year-old ahmed is in hospital,
in serious condition. we are expecting the funeral, pros session to make its way to the main mosque in the city or rather the town of duma. as i have been saying, not only is there grief, there's a lot of anger as well. anger because this attack took place well over a week ago, and would appear that the israeli authorities made no head way in finding the perpetrators. >> there has been talk also of the i.c.c. being involved in this attack. or rather this attack brought to the i.c.c. just expand on that a bit for us, please. >> that's right. it's part of a wider move by the palestinian leadership to submit instances like this so the international criminal court. you'll remember on january - rather subsidies 31st last year, the palestinian president
mahmoud abbas signed a statute creeding to the international criminal court. since then the palestinian leadership presented is number of files to the i.c.c. the fact of the matter is whatever happens at the i.c.c. will take many years before we see a case. in some ways it's a symbolic gesture, more than anything, it's meant to send a symbol to the people of the occupied west bank and palestinians, that they are trying to do something, they are trying to push against a narrative of impunity that many israelis enjoy in the occupied west bank. >> we'll leave it there. thank you very much security has been stepped up in afghanistan's capital after it suffered a worst day of violence. three explosions went off in kaboom, killing 52 people, injuring hundreds more. the african taliban claimed
responsibility for one of the attacks a year ago a u.s.-led coalition began air strikes against i.s.i.l. in iraq. it was expanded to syria. critics say it's not fuf to stop the armed group. patty culhane has more from washington. as u.s. president obama addressed the nation a year ago, he described a narrow mission in iraq. he authorised two operations in iraq. targeted air strikes to protect american personnel, and a humanitarian effort to save thousands of iraqi civilians, trapped on a mountain without food and water and facing almost certain death. >> initially air strikes had success. rescuing the yazidi. six weeks later the mission expanded, bombing the islamic state. the plan piloted by the mission.
soldiers would train iraqis and moderate syrians to do the fighting on the ground. >> a year in the plan is working. critics say it isn't. >> if you look at the matrices, you'd have to say no. in terms of numbers of recruits and fighters, it's surged by the thousands. in terms of territory, it held on to an enormous amount of territory. this is what it controls now. >> the training programme they hoped would help forces retake territory has problems. iraqi troops refused to fight to hold ramadi. and in syria, a year after it began, 54 fighters have been trained. the pentagon says immediately after joining the fight five were captured, one killed, more deserted. the white house says the training programme is having some problems, but defense's strategy points to success.
>> the coalition took out thousands of fighting positions, tanks, vehicles, bombs, factories and training camps. in iraq i.s.i.s. lost the freedom to operate in 30% of the territory it held last summer. overall i.s.i.s. lost more than 17,000 square kilometres of territory in northern syria, over the course of the last year. >> reporter: the pentagon spent $41 million on training, a fraction of the cost of the overall campaign. more than $3 billion, 6,000 air strikes. in the first year of a fights the president says could take a generation to win. they insist that the strategy will work, it's a matter of time toll yemen, where the alliance of fighters battling houthi rebels recaptured more territory in the south, moving towards the city of the province
after securing the port city of aden, the popular resistance forces are back and hope to enter in the coming days. a typhoon slammed in taiwan. the storm moved to the strait and is expected to make landfall in china, later on saturday. as veronica pedrosa reports, they have left behind a path of destructi destruction. >> reporter: a family is rescued from their home. court and a strong typhoon. it ha weakened the gulf with rain and winds. 2 million homes lost electricity, 80,000 don't have water. in the main city, the river rose higher than the road and under the water is a playground, park
and baseball fields. a community of indigenous people had to abandon their homes. this woman had to leave her home because of the flood risk. >> translation: because we are from a poor area, we have lived here to work at a coal mine. now it is impossible for us to move. the area never used to flood. we thought we were safely there. >> in the mountainous terrain, there was the risk of landslides and flash floods. people in authorities were aware of it. there were few fatalities, only widespread damage. the typhoon dumped 300mm of rain across the island, here is caused a mudslide that destroyed the roads. >> china prepared for the works,
-- worse now it continuing deadly protests hatians are set to vote in parliamentary elections that have been delayed. the country has been without a functioning government since parliament was dissolved. it's tough getting people excited about the vote. rob reynolds reports from port-au-prince. >> reporter: political campaigning haitian style, where a political rally is a good excuse to break out the drums and have a party. citizens of this nation will vote on sunday for members of parliament and local officials. c and not all potential voters are quite as enthusiastic as these ones. each morning they set up pots and pans beside a busy street offering plates of rice topped with vegetable sauce for sale.
elections are low on her list of priorities. >> translation: i voted in the last election. all that happened was the price of rice went up. and beans were more expensive. i don't see how elections can change anything. >> her views are typical of many in the country where unemployment is at 40%, and the average income is 840 per year, and most people live in severe poverty. >> i'm doing everything to leave the country, i can't stand to live here elections were supposed to happen four years ago. political wrangling led to repeated cancellations. these modest buildings are the temporary home of haiti's parliament. the original was destroyed in the devastating earthquake of january 2010. this is the chamber of deputies, as you can see it's hardly a buzzing hive of political activity.
the elections have been delayed so often and for so long that none of the lawmakers who sit here are still in office. so there hasn't been a single legislative session since january. since then, the president has been ruling by decree. much to the outrage of his political opponents. at the electoral council officers we were shown a map of voting stations spread out across the country. security at the polls is a major concern in seveal regions. >> historically all the places have a higher risk of election day violence, that's why they are marked in red. >> back on the street, there's a customer at last. >> translation: if the election happens, it happens. if not. it doesn't concern me very much, to be honest. >> for many hatians, a plate of
rice means a lot more than a slate of politicians. coming up, death at the hands ever a white police officer sparks protests and debates. the u.s. remembers black teenager michael brown. and... ..there's banter and betting. soon this popular tradition on the island of reunion could become a thing of the past.
hello, the top stories on al jazeera - palestinians in the ound west bank are preparing to bury a man who died from burns suffered in an israeli settler attack on his home. his home was firebombed last week in an attack which killed his 18-month-old son. >> security has been stepped up across kabul a day after three explosions left 52 dead. the afghan taliban claimed responsibility for one of the attacks typhoon soudelor swept through taiwan injuring hundreds and killing six. it is headed for china 12 tied in an attack at a hotel in mali. french fors are forces stormed the building, 24 hours later, freeing other hostages. it's used by pilots who work
with the u.n. peace-keeping mission in mali. the mayor of paris said migrants illegally occupying an unused school will be allowed to stay for now. charles stratford has the story. >> this man says he fled the fighting in libya. he wants asylum in france. >> i find myself in france. i speak a little french, that helps. >> he is one of around 250 men, women and children who took over the school. they had no choice because police removed them from makeshift camps.
locals bring them food. >> if you have no pt, you have no pt for poor or handicapped people, or women, et cetera, et cetera. i think that the way we treated asylum seekers is a fair barometer on our level of democracy. >> the mayor's office says it's willing to enterdialogue with migrants with respect to finding them somewhere to say. the situation not only highlights the migrant crisis in france, but wider europe also. nationalists and anti-e.u. parties seized on the matter. france's marie le pen says grant is taking in more migrants. around 60,000 apply for asylum in france each year. >> france is not generous. the figures have increased
slightly. only less than two applicants out of 10 actually succeed in their asylum plea. when the average in europe is 35" of successful applications. up to 60% in scandinavia. >> europe must not cave in to what he describes as populist demands in e.u. countries to deport asylum seekers. the system opposed a system to redistribute asylum seekers systems based on economic growth and unemployment rates. not all member states want quotas imposed on them. yak ub made it to france, it's unlikely that he or many sheltering in the school or elsewhere will be allowed to stay a man convicted of a mass shooting at a u.s. movie theatre in 2012 has been spared the death penalty. families gathered after the
verdict to remember the 12 that died. when james holmes opened fire. he was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole. sunday marks a year since a white police officer in the u.s. city of ferguson shot and killed michael brown, an unarmed black teenager. brown's death sparked weeks of protest and national debate about race and police brutality, kristen saloomey is in ferguson. for a look at what changed since then. >> a tribute to one of their own. young people in ferguson came out to mark the anniversary of michael brown's death. this was organised by his father, michael brown senior. back stage, there's time to reflects on the incident that changed their life and changed the community. >> i believe ferguson sparked a
fire burning throughout the country. every city when a cop kills a black person unjustly, people come out and respond. around ferguson, reminders are everywhere, it was here that michael brown was shot after being confronted by the police. his body lay in the street for hours. now it's a makeshift memorial. an investigation helped clear the officer of any criminal wrongdoing, and found a disturbing pattern of police, where minorities from targeted unfairly for minor violations to raise revenue for the city through fines. that mistreatment fumed the sometimes violent response to brown's death. protesters scared off against police, criticized for their heavy-handed response. smithy spread around the country, as did stories of unarmed black men killed by the
police. the slogan black lives mattered was born. brown's matter was a spokesperson for a movement. >> michael's death has a bigger purpose for it. this has given me a voice for him to let people know that we are dealing with social injustice. >> reporter: ferguson now has a new police chief and city manager - both black. there's a new judge too and a law that limits how much can be collected from fines and tickets. the mayor remains in office, despite attempts to remove him. >> i hope people realise that the city of ferguson from day one has tried to engage, has tried to listen. >> reporter: city residents believe there's more work to be done. a year later, the call for change that started in ferguson is too loud to ignore. it's been a year since the
world health organisation declared west africa's ebola outbreak a global public health emergency. the disease killed more than 11,000 people. the international community was criticized for a slow response the first case of ebola was contracted in december 2013. researchers believe it came from bats in the sworn border forest of guinea. it the spread quietly, but by the end of the month 60 died, and there were suspected cases in neighbouring liberia and sierra leone. in april the charity doctors without borders warned that the outbreak was unprecedented. the world paid little tangs. poor health facilities and governments struggling to take action made it worse. the virus spread, and so did the fear. in early august 2nd american
missionaries were flown to the u.s. now it was not just an african problem, foreign nationals were infected and the world saw the scale of the outbreak. >> this morning, i am declaring the current outbreak of ebola disease a public health emergency of international concern the world health organisation stepped up work on a vaccine. doctors without borders admitted they were overwhelmed. >> they started in april, if i recall well. they are starting to say this is not a normal outbreak. more needs to happen. w.h.o. needs to take it more serious, resources need to be allocated and the messages more and more urgent up to the end where we are trying to scream at the world to say things need to happen here.
>> reporter: by september 5th countries were affected, and 50% of victims were dead. the world health organisation admitted in may this year that it was unprepared for the scale of the outbreak. >> i do not as cg ever again want to see the organization. faced with a situation that it has not prepared and staffed or funded to do the job. with education, programs and a response, it is now better contained. while the west african outbreak may have started in the forest of guinea, they warned he was not out of the woods yet in cambodia poor hygiene killed thousands. a solution could be as easy as a colourful sink. >> in a marketing event a bright and cheery plastic sink
designed to get children to wash their hands. it's been sold, rather than given away. >> kids love this. it looks bright. >> the idea is putting a value on something means it will be valued and used. at the same time leading to a self-sustaining business. they are not like charity receiver, you know, they are a customer, a consumer, we value them, that's why they value. >> at over $15 each, it's a hefty price tag in a village here, but it works. the organization behind it, designed it with suggestions in neighbouring vietnam, where 10,000 have been sold in a year, now it's cambodia's turn to get them. a country with high mortality rate for children under five. child's deaths from causes such as diarrhoea poses a challenge. despite awareness campaigns.
the problem is getting families to adopt the practice, and watershed believes giving away bowls and buckets doesn't work. in the main house, this is one of the expensive things they own, after a mobile phone and tv. it takes pride of place. >> translation: i used to have to tell the children to wash their hands, now they do it by themselves. the hope is her neighbours will want one as well cock fighting is a popular tradition, but a court wants it panned. -- banned. tania paige reports. >> reporter: like boxers before a fight, the birds are weighed first, cock fighting is a copular tradition on reunion island, a french territory. it's how the men spend their weekends, there's banter and betting: it is under threat.
the french government will not let new venues open, and wants them to stop. >> in france, there's bull fighting and boxing between men. we don't force the birds to fight. if he doesn't want to fight, he doesn't fight. the birds are highly prized so fights to the death are not allowed. they are evenly matched, unlike reunion and france. to some people, it's animal cruelty, here it's an important part of life, a strong, proud tradition, and the men don't see why they should change who they are for anyone. less than a million live here, reunion is closer to africa than europe, this could be any street in france. the lifestyle islanders enjoyed is financed by the mainland. they may like the benefits of europe, they don't want the rules. the cock's owner believes closure is inevitable.
>> there are more people, neighbours are complaining. i can't move the venue. it will be difficult to change the venue. in time, france will succeed in closing all the cockpits. >> the sound of one tradition that is flourishing feels the air at night. it was the music of slaves. it used to be banned. it's importance that islanders can practice their culture. can practice their culture.c >> i am french. how do i explain it. we are people of the world, we have a cultural wealth. before, people of colour were not. that's why i have to play. >> reporter: the island streets may look european, appearances are deceiving. on the slice of europe in the indian ocean, people move to their own beat. whether it's to the sound of a
drum or the crow of a rooster, regardless of what paris is well, there's this, and plenty more stories on our website, aljazeera.com. so you can read up a little more about the tradition and on reunion island. aljazeera.com. aljazeera.com. woman, a president who would help us look in the mirror and see ourselves honestly. >> he is the man behind the iconic is i sit-coms of the 1970s "all in the family."